[tex-live] Execution time on Solaris Sparc

Jean-Pierre Chretien Jean-Pierre.Chretien at cert.fr
Tue Mar 13 17:28:01 CET 2007

>>X-Envelope-From: karl at freefriends.org
>>X-Envelope-To: Jean-Pierre.Chretien at cert.fr
>>Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2007 16:21:48 -0600
>>From: karl at freefriends.org (Karl Berry)
>>To: Jean-Pierre.Chretien at cert.fr
>>Subject: Re: [tex-live] Execution time on Solaris Sparc
>>    And the time is lost when the packages are loaded, not when the document
>>    itself is compiled, where the time spent seems similar.
>>My guess would be ls-R problems.
>>You could get some info by running with env KPATHSEA_DEBUG=-1
>>and/or TEXMFLOG=/tmp/log.  See the Debugging and Logging nodes in the
>>Kpathsea manual.

You are right, I found what happened with the help of the debug flag.
On the inst iso image, TEXMFHOME is defined as $HOME/$HOMEtexmf
which is expanded as $HOME// as $HOMEtexmf does not exist, and
thus the home tree is explored recursively on disk, as
home dirs have no ls-R file.

I overlooked this, and I have a big home tree :-(

On the live image, the TEXMFHOME variable is defined as
I guess I must have exported my customized texmf.cnf file from inst to live
to have the same latency problem with both distributions.

About the home trees, why not unify the user trees with
TEXMFHOME = $HOME/.texlive2007/texmf

Thanks for the help with kpathsea


I take the liberty to restore the initial thread on the list, I unfortunately 
broke it with a private exchange, sorry,

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